Support for children and young people

Children and young people can also access a range of free, confidential counselling and support services.

The Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People advises and advocates on systemic and individual issues for Aboriginal children and young people, engaging with Aboriginal children, families and communities, service providers and the Aboriginal community in South Australia to ensure better services for Aboriginal children.

Phone: 8226 3351

The Commissioner for Children and Young People is an independent statutory office. The Commissioner promotes and advocates for the rights, development and wellbeing of all children and young people in South Australia.

Phone: 08 8226 3355

The CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with a care experience. CREATE helps children and young people feel less alone in their care experience and helps them develop the confidence to use their voice to improve the care system.

Phone: 1800 655 105

The Create Foundation has led the development of an App called Sortli developed by young people, for young people that provides easy access to information for young people to transition from care to independence.

GCYP is a monitoring and advocacy body for children in care. In some circumstances GCYP can directly represent the voice and views of children if there is a need for an independent advocate.

Phone: 1800 275 664 or 8226 8570

Support for carers

CF&KC-SA is the peak representative body for foster and kinship carers in South Australia. CF&KC-SA aims to improve the lives of children and young people in care by providing services that value and support Carer families to sustain strong and positive relationships.

Phone: 1800 732 272

Child care assistance for carers information including Centrelink financial assistance through the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

Information on My Health records for children and young people in care to support better ongoing health includes a guide for carers.

The Relationships Australia Children and Parenting Support (CaPS) team walks alongside parents and caregivers on their journey in raising healthy children, and provides opportunities to build stronger connections to their family, friends and community. The CaPS team works in partnership with parents and caregivers to promote family strengths and connectedness, and to build confidence in nurturing their children’s development and wellbeing.

Being a grandparent or kinship carer is a big job, but you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been caring for a child for a while, there are many support services for grandparents and kinship carers that can help you.

Source: Raising Children - grandparent and kinship carer support factsheet

Source: Connecting Foster Carers SA - Inc.

Looking after your own health will help you to better support the children and young people in your care. Carers have access to support services through a range of avenues including the a  child or young person’s DCP care team. Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers - SA Inc (CF&KC-SA) also offers support for carers with a focus on collaboration between carers and other parties.

CF&KC-SA also offers opportunities for Carers to share experiences and providing knowledge, emotional, social or practical help obtained through similar situations through access to a Peer support network.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and agencies

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support services and resources, visit Aboriginal children and young people.